Skincare

Why We Love Coconut Oil

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It seems as though everyone is talking about coconut at the moment. Whether it be using the oil to cook with or drinking the water for health, the coconut it has become extremely popular. But even putting that to one side, we love coconut oil for its amazing skin benefits!

Coconut oil (cocos nucifera) is solid at room temperature and melts onto the skin on contact. Being a natural vegetable oil produced from the meal of the tropical hairy tree nut, it is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which are vital for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Coconut products you buy on the high street usually smell lovely and sweet, but because the raw virgin oil usually only has a very subtle scent, makers and manufacturers will often add a synthetic coconut scent to enhance the aromatic experience.

So what are the benefits of coconut oil?

  • Excellent long-lasting moisturiser
  • Creates a protective barrier
  • Easily absorbed
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Anti-inflammatory (calms the skin)
  • Anti- bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Restorative and repairing to dry or damaged skin
  • Antioxidant (combats free-radical damage)
  • Great for moisturising a dry scalp
  • Conditions hair

We love to use coconut oil in all our body butters for its excellent skin boosting properties, and because it encapsulates the Caribbean skincare experience of course!

Go on, check out our coconut range in theĀ shop

 

What the Hemp?

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Although originating from the same plant, yet not to be confused with the psycho-active drug, hemp oil has many amazing benefits!

Cannabis Sativa is cold-pressed from the Hemp plant seeds (rather than the leaves), and is full of vitamins and essential fatty acids (EFAs), which keep the skin plump and soft.

Hemp is known to have the following benefits:

  • Balances out oily skin
  • Light and non-greasy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Easily absorbed
  • Hydrating
  • Suitable for all skin types

This light green oil has SO many amazing properties which make it ideal for problem skin, oily skin, dry skin, even acne, where the skin’s sebaceous glands go into overdrive and create more oil! The temptation is to try to remove the oil, but the skin’s natural reaction is to then produce more. Hemp oil can help balance this out by regulating the skin’s oil production.

Here at The Soap Cabin, we are in the process of creating new products using this amazing skin loving hemp oil, so watch this space!

Christmas is Coming

I know, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas, but we are getting ourselves booked in for Christmas events, so we need to get cracking on making products so that we’re ready!

We’ve been busy this weekend ordering supplies and thinking about new products. We love love LOVE cocoa butter, and as we always want to bring you a Caribbean skincare experience, we want to use more Caribbean ingredients, like cocoa butter, so we are working on developing a new skin balm/salve which will include cocoa butter as the main ingredient.

A harder butter than shea butter, cocoa butter is full of skin-loving essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in dry, eczema-prone skin. It is fantastic for healing and fading scars and stretch narks, and smells like chocolate…Watch this space!

Easy Avocado Face Mask

I have really dry skin on my face at the moment, and then other times it’s kind of oily. Avocados are all the rage at the moment (irritatingly so), but the upside is that they are available in most grocery shops. When I was a kid, we would stock up when we went to visit relatives in Harlesden, Brixton and Peckham. My nan has them growing in abundance outside her bungalow in Jamaica! They are packed with so much fatty acid goodness!

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Here is an easy DIY Avocado face mask which is great if your skin is really dry at the moment, like mine!

  1. Mash a quarter of a ripe avocado into a bowl
  2. Mix in a teaspoon of full fat yoghurt into a paste
  3. Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes
  4. Remove with a warm, wet flannel
  5. Use weekly to maintain soft and smooth skin šŸ™‚

Adapted from Try it! Natural Remedies, Dorling Kindersley, London (2016)

Dried LavenderĀ 

You may recall that we visited Hitchin Lavender Farm a few Saturdays ago and filled a couple of paper bags with the stuff. Well, the Lavender has had time to dry out, so today I pulled the dried flowers off the stems and collected them in a tall Kilner jar to use later. It smells soooooo good!

It will be great if we are able to use Lavender grown right here in Hertfordshire in our soap on a regular basis…

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